Meditation: Learning How to Be

In Chapter five of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche writes:

“The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life. For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature, and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live, and die, well. Meditation is the road to enlightenment.”

In this short teaching, Rinpoche explains that meditation is all about about learning how to be. In fact meditation can be very simple. As he writes:

“Quietly sitting, body still, speech silent, mind at peace, let your thoughts and emotions, whatever arises, comes and go, without clinging to anything.”

This teaching is taken from the website What Meditation Really Is, which is a unique program based on the wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, making the benefits of meditation available to everybody. What Meditation Really Is contains many wonderful resources, teachings and instructions on meditation from a wide variety of resources. It was developed by Sogyal Rinpoche after many years of teaching in the West, with the support of some of his most experienced students.



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